Facebook Messenger has been rising in popularity the last few years and since they’ve implemented chatbots, more and more companies have been introducing their own chatbots on the platform. The idea is that once you install these chatbots into Facebook Messenger, you can interact with them and receive information in a smarter and more intuitive way—almost like having a conversation.
As of December 2016, there are more than 34,000 bots built on the Facebook Messenger platform and much more to come. Even though some are not all that “smart” as it is, bots are a booming new technology that keep getting better and better.
So here are 11 chatbots for Messenger that you’ll want to try out:
Though the news channel may be getting some flack as of late, they are one of the top news outlets on Messenger. You can choose to get to get notifications for the top stories of the day, recommendations based on your favorite topics, or you “Ask CNN”.
Don’t know what you want to watch on Netflix? Type in a category and AndChill will give you a few recommendations. It’ll feel a bit more like a personal suggestion and a little less like the mindless Netflix browsing we all spend hours doing.
DuoLingo is already a great mobile app to learn a different language but this bot will translate anything you type in like “How do you say goodbye in German?” The bot is fluent in French, Spanish, and German.
4. Hello Jarvis
Hello Jarvis can only do one task and it’s simple: reminders. But if you’ve always wanted your reminders apps to be more personal
Easily find flights and hotel availability by chat. It’ll ask you simple questions like the destination and travel date and will show you the best fares.
6. Live Lokai
Non-profit organization, Charity: Water, teamed up with Lokai to create Live Lokai. It is is a bot that embodies a girl from Ethiopia named Yeshi who walks more than two hours away to find clean drinking water. It does a great job telling her story and you can even donate money to the organization.
Want to make a quick meme? Search for templates, add your zingers, and then export it to your camera roll.
Need weather updates? Ask Pancho. He’ll give you the latest updates based on your location and can also deliver weather summaries based on the time of your choosing.
After answering a short questionnaire, it will give you content and product recommendations based on your tastes.
If you’re looking to get sports scores and news then TheScore is the bot for you. You can select your favorite teams to follow to get real-time updates.
11. Wall Street Journal
If you own stocks, the Wall Street Journal bot is great to view current share prices, trends, and the latest financial news.